Perform initiations on Beltane (May Day - May 1st), or on Mothers Day. Beltane is the time to spring forth, rise up, and start something new. Beltane is the time for decision, for making of laws and goals for the coming year.
If not performing initiations, then the following is in order. At the beginning of the Circle stack the Riding Poles against one another like Teepee poles. Construct the Circle so there is room to move around them without disturbing them. They represent new constructions. At the completion of the Circle the Witches retrieve their poles. As each Witch does so she must go to stand before the Altar and state her individual goal for the season.
The High Priestess completes the session with her statement and the reading of the Coven goals. Decide upon these goals beforehand. Then, everyone sits astride their poles hobby-horse fashion, rides them while holding the goals in their imaginations to the chant of:
A HARMONY I SEEK
STEP AFTER STEP I TAKE
MILE AFTER MILE I GO
GOAL AFTER GOAL I REACH
Beltane, May 1, MAY DAY, is celebrated as a springtime festival, and in some countries as Labor Day. In these countries Labor Day is a day set aside for special recognition of the workingman. Labor Day in America and Canada is celebrated on the first Monday in September as a legal holiday.
MOTHERS DAY is celebrated in the United States by honoring motherhood and giving presents to mothers. It was first observed in 1907 in Philadelphia, and was established nationally in 1914 by an act of Congress. MOTHERS DAY is always the 2nd Sunday in May and is appointed for the honoring of Mothers.
May Day has been traditionally celebrated among the Latin and Germanic peoples for many centuries. Festivals on this day probably stem from the rites practiced in honor of Flora, the Roman goddess of spring. This day is currently celebrated as a festival for children marking the reappearance of flowers during the spring. It is traditionally greeted with joyous dancing around a May-pole. The May-pole is hung with streamers held by dancers as they perform. May Day is also celebrated in many European countries as a labor holiday, comparable to the American Labor Day.
May Day was especially significant in the former Soviet Union and still is in present Communist countries. Formal labor observance of the holiday was and is almost mandatory. Both in Europe and in the U.S., May Day probably dates from the celebration by the first congress of the Second International, and international assembly of socialist and labor parties convened in 1889.